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A young Yu: Mourning Rituals
Media Arts Installation

A young Yu: Mourning Rituals

December 14, 2022–May 14, 2023

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A young Yu (American, born in Korea, 1990), in collaboration with Nicholas Oh (American, born in 1985), Mourning Rituals, 2022. Digital video, 21:47 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Madeleine H. Russell Gallery (105)


A young Yu’s work engages with Korean folklore, ritual, and dance, reinterpreting and regenerating it for contemporary, diasporic contexts. Mourning Rituals is a performance-based video reimagining the Korean ssitkimgut ritual, during which the spirits of the deceased are cleansed and guided into the afterlife.

Yu filmed this work in an immersive installation created with artist Nicholas Oh referencing prehistoric caves and burial mounds—sites of ancestral ritual in Korea—and in locations with personal and geopolitical significance, including the Hudson Valley, New York; Kauai, Hawaii; and the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea. The 22-minute video, exploring themes of loss and renewal, features performances by the artist, the dancer and choreographer Sohye Kim, and the artist’s mother.


Mourningrituals_1min from AYDO Studio on Vimeo.


This installation is organized by the Cantor Arts Center. We gratefully acknowledge support from the Robert Mondavi Family Fund.





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